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Rare Walking Fish With Hands Discovered Off Tasmanian Coast

The red handfish is not a good swimmer, so it walks on the seabed.

Every now and then, rare and weird creatures from across the globe make grand appearances. Scientists discover rare species one after another. Now, a team of divers has discovered a small population of fish that “walk” along the seabed off Australia’s south coast in Tasmania.

What’s weird is that this rare fish population has finger-like fins that help them walk across the surface of the ocean. Dubbed as the Red Handfish (Thymichthys politus), this is one of the rarest fish species in the world.

Today, only 20 to 40 individuals of these fishes have been found worldwide.

Antonia Cooper from IMAS University of Tasmania said in a statement:

“We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two-hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising.”

“My dive partner went to tell the other divers that we were going to start heading in and I was half-heartedly flicking algae around when, lo and behold, I found a red handfish.”

Scientists say that red handfishes are very bad swimmers, that's why they walk with their fins.

They grow only a few inches long and only swim for about one to two feet at a time. Due to their limited swimming ability, they just wander in a limited area in the ocean.

These fishes are also critically endangered.

Another type of this fish species, the Ziebell’s handfish, is now believed to be extinct.

The red handfish’s population has declined over the years due to the presence of invasive species, habitat degradation, and water pollution.

Dr. Rick Stuart-Smith, another scientist from the IMAS (Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies), said:

“Finding this second population is a huge relief as it effectively doubles how many we think are left on the planet.”

The discovery could pave the way for further studies on this species and ways to protect the population from further decline.

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Giant Centipede Can Devour Prey 15 Times Their Size In 30 Seconds

A bite from these venomous centipedes can be really deadly.

A shocking footage shows a giant centipede killing a prey 15 times its size in just seconds, thanks to a deadly venom scientists have identified.

In the ecosystem, most predators hunt and kill smaller animals. However, in a new footage released by scientists, a golden head centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans) can devour its prey, even larger ones, in just seconds by releasing a very deadly venom.

Now, the scientists have identified the toxin, dubbed as the Ssm Spooky Toxin, that makes the centipede's venom so fatal.

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They characterized a peptide in the venom, which interferes the ion channels in nerve cells. This power allows the centipede to kill its prey in a short span of time. ...

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Elephant in Thailand Can Actually Do Self-Portrait Painting

She also creates little hearts and even writes her name afterwards!

We all know that elephants are very intelligent animals, but we don't expect them to start picking up a paintbrush and actually paint. Well, seeing Suda, an elephant in Thailand, will surely change your mind.

Suda has become famous for her art. Seriously. She uses her trunk to move the brush and do a self-portrait!

Suda grasps the brush with the tip of her trunk and draws an accurate picture of an elephant.

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She also creates little hearts and even writes her name afterwards!

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Rampant In The Philippines Using Facebook, Watchdog Finds

Many traders admit that these animals caught in the wild don’t come with permits.

Facebook has made it possible for people from different parts of the world to connect with each other with such ease and convenience. Not only that, the social network is a place where people can promote their business, keep up with their favorite personalities, and enjoy games. It also has become a place where wildlife trafficking happens.

Facebook is found to be the main market for illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines, according to a new study. Wildlife trading monitoring network TRAFFIC conducted the survey and it found that thousands of endangered reptile species are being sold through Facebook groups in just three months.

Apparently, Facebook is being used as a platform for illegal wildlife trading.

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According to TRAFFIC's report, titled Trading Faces: Utilisation of Facebook to Trade Live Reptiles in the Philippines, illegal traders use internet-based services to conduct the illicit activities because there is a lack of monitoring from authorities. Facebook happens to be the most popular choice of these illegal traders. ...

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